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1rocketdude's Build: Core i3-4330 - GA-H97N-Wifi - 8GB RAM - mini-ITX

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1rocketdude's Build: Core i3-4330 - GA-H97N-Wifi - HD4600​

Components


Intel Core i3-4330 Dual Core Processor 3.5
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00EUUN76U/

Gigabyte LGA 1150 H97 Wi-Fi Bluetooth HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Mini ITX Intel Motherboard GA-H97N-WIFI
http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00KATHCD4/

Mini-Box picoPSU-120, world's tiniest 12V DC-DC ATX power supply unit (PSU)
http://www.amazon.com/dp/B005TWE3O8

Broadcom Wireless 802 11/a/g/n Internet WLAN Adapter Card for Laptops & Netbooks
http://www..amazon.com/dp/B002OB0FPI


Already Owned

250 GB SATA 3.0Gb/s 2.5" Internal Hard Drive

Samsung 23" Flatscreen 1080p Monitor

Apple 2nd generation USB white keyboard and mouse

2 4GB DDR3 1066 MHz 240-pin SODIMM


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My old 32-bit macmini1.1 was near to useless given it's obsolete OS; applications such as Chrome and iphoto no longer worked. I wanted a "sure thing" build with very little issues. This build is far more powerful machine than I thought it would be.

On the PSU, I over-built the system by 100%. I could have done with a 60W PSU and much smaller power brick. At t this point,I can add a DVD drive and full 3.5" large format drive with the power reserve I have.

What worked out of the box -> using on-board graphics to drive two monitors. simply amazing
  • boots, stable (boot time ~ 30 seconds). The two second weird screen noise as others describe occurs about 20 seconds in. Same thing happens when wake from sleep
  • sleep (including sound after wake from sleep). Selecting iMac14,2 in the system ID was critical here
  • Gig Ethernet
  • wifi (with new Atheros half height mini PCi card; as expected, the motherboard Intel wireless did not work)
  • iTunes (sync, purchase)
  • iphoto (version 9.6; had to delete the user plug-in directory to stop iphoto from crashing)
  • imovie (just works)
  • MS Office 2011 with latest updates
  • Chrome (still the Yosemite Helper app not responding bit)
  • Macports - no issues. just works
  • Plex media server
  • File server over AFP and SMB
  • Contacts
  • VNC server


Untested
  • HDMI audio


MultiBeast Cinfiguration
Quick Start > DSDT Free
Drivers > Audio > Realtek ALCxxx > ALC892
Drivers > Network > Atheros > ALXEthernet
Drivers > Network > Intel > AppleIntelE1000e
Customize > System Definitions > iMac14,2
Customize > Themes > tonymacx86 White

1rocketdude multibeast config.png
 
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Hi guays, recently my mom buy a pc based on your build. The spec ares this:

i3 4330
h97n WIFI
1x 8 GB RAM FURY
SAMSUNG SSD EVO 120GB
CORSAIR 550cs
MINI ITX CASE

I cant enter in install screen, i attach a screen with the log of system, can aynyone helpme?
 

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Looks good! Thank you for posting this! I am working on a similar build in a few days. I haven't built a Hackintosh since 2012 so this was a nice little refresher.

I was curious about which system definition to use. I thought I might use a Mac Mini system definition since the motherboard was listed under "CustoMac Mini." I noticed that Haswell iMacs and Mac Minis did not use i3 processors (only i5 and i7) so I was confused on which system definition to use.

You and many others have had success with iMac14,2 so I think I will use that!

I should have looked into the wifi card that you bought since it is very inexpensive rather than splurging and buying the TP Link that costs $30.

Thanks again for this post!
 
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